• Dark Back of Time is one of the best Spanish novels of the twentieth century

    Julia Ortega, Brown University
  • It leaves you with an impression of having been haunted: the most complex, perfect and outstanding of Marias' novels

  • Neither essay nor novel, Javier Marías' most recent book is, quite simply, magnificent. As a book, it is funny, even hilarious, and at times profound, obsessive, and overwhelming.

    Le Monde
  • The author knows how to dive into the formidable chasms of life, fate and death

    El Pais
  • I was enthralled by his strange mix of made-up memories, lost experiences and real-life fantasies

    Marina Warner, Guardian
  • Shows sensitivity in exploring an entire shadowland of human experience just beyond the reach of words, and could be said to be a culminating point in the author's career

    The Times Literary Supplement

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